Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tells CBS News that Donald Trump could face jail time after federal prosecutors indicated that he committed two felonies when he directed Michael Cohen to make illegal payments to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” said Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
“That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” he added.
.@AdamSchiff on the Russia Investigation: My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the justice department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time. pic.twitter.com/3kfwumFkh7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 9, 2018
This comes as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told ABC News that Trump “has now stepped into the same territory that ultimately led to President Nixon resigning the office.”
“President Nixon was an unindicted co-conspirator. Was certainly a different set of facts, but this investigation is now starting to put the president in serious legal crosshairs and he should be worried and the whole country should be worried,” Murphy said.
Federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York dropped the bombshell in Cohen’s sentencing memo on Friday, that calls for a little less than the 51-62 months sentencing guidelines. Trump is mentioned as “individual-1” in the sentencing memo.
After the SDNY and Mueller sentencing memos were released, Trump proclaimed he was “totally cleared” of any wrongdoing. That’s not the case. In fact, he was implicated in both cases, but specifically mentioned as breaking the law in the SDNY documents.